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Proposed immigration deal includes citizenship, wall funding

A proposed solution for the 700,000 individuals who immigrated to the United States as children is bundled with a request for border wall funding. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals administrative program formerly allowed individuals who immigrated as children to avoid deportation and to access work permits. Now that the program has ended, some worry about their deportation status, and a proposed solution may allow them to apply for citizenship. New York individuals facing deportation after the end of DACA may be interested to learn more about the proposal. 

President Trump has requested funding for a proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. The wall, he proposes, will reduce illegal immigration across the Southern border. An important part of his presidential campaign, the wall has now become part of the package that may help individuals affected by the end of DACA. 

A bipartisan agreement could craft a new program that would offer citizenship for these individuals, as long as the funding for the wall and other border security measures is approved. Both parties are entering negotiations on the proposals. The House of Representatives and the Senate must pass identical bills on immigration in order for it to become law. 

Many Americans, including individuals from New York, have expressed support for citizenship for those who came to the United States as children. The future of many immigrants is uncertain, and many classes of immigrants are seeing changes to programs that have supported them in the past. Any individual who is confused about current legislation, or who requires immigration assistance, may potentially benefit by consulting with an experienced immigration attorney.

Source: Reuters, "Trump seeks $25 billion for border wall, offers 'Dreamer' citizenship", Roberta Rampton and Susan Cornwell, Jan. 24, 2018

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